Ayodhya wears festive look for Ram temple bhumi pujan

The ground-breaking ceremony of the laying of foundation stone of the Lord Ram Temple in Ayodhya is happening today. As many as 175 eminent guests, including 135 seers have been invited for the ceremony.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to arrive in Ayodhya at 11:30 am. Modi will return to Ayodhya after 29 years today for the Ram Temple groundbreaking ceremony. The Uttar Pradesh government said that PM Modi is the first prime minister to visit ram janmabhoomi.

A 40-kg silver brick, which will symbolize the beginning of the construction – is at the heart of today’s ceremonies. Images released on Monday showed the proposed temple will be a grand three-storey stone structure with multiple turrets, pillars and domes. The temple will be 161 feet tall and almost double the size of what was originally planned, its architect said.

Ayodhya is decked up for the ‘bhoomi poojan’ or groundbreaking ceremony of Ram Temple. Prior to the function, the prime minister will take part in ‘pooja’ and ‘darshan’ at Hanumangarhi, said the Prime Minister’s Office.

From Hanumangarhi, he will travel to ‘Shree Ram Janmabhoomi’ where he will take part in pooja and darshan of ‘Bhagwan Shree Ramlala Virajman’. He will unveil a plaque to mark the laying of the foundation stone and also release a commemorative postage stamp on ‘Shree Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir.

Iqbal Ansari, one of the seven litigants from the Muslim side in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit, has been invited for the ‘bhoomi pujan’ for the Ram temple at Ayodhya which would be performed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday. Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has also invited social worker Mohammad Shareef, 82, who was awarded Padma Shri this year for performing last rites of more than 25,000 unclaimed bodies over a three-decade span.